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Special Cover on 100 years of Assemblies of God India – 9th June 2016.
The General Council of the Assemblies of God is a fellowship of the Assemblies of God churches in India which are passionate about uniting churches, equipping individuals to live Godly lives, to establish God-centered families and bring the unique principles and love of Christ to all humanity. The General Council oversees all the Assembly of God churches within India, through their regional councils which administer and enable the smooth functioning of churches in their respective regions.
Assemblies of God India was established in 1916 at Chennai. The General Council of the Assemblies of God of India is a registered body under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act 1975. All the churches in the General Council of the Assemblies of God serve the people of India exhibiting the love and compassion of Christ, so that each and every person will be a better citizen bringing glory to the nation and live for the glory of God.
To mark the Centennial celebration of Assemblies of God in India a Special Cover was released at Chennai on 9th June 2016 (Special Cover approval no. TN/19/2016).
Cover Courtesy: Mahesh Parekh, Chennai
Special Cover on Indian Naval Air Squadron 300 – 11th May 2016.
The INAS 300 is an Indian naval air squadron based at INS Hansa. The White Tigers or INAS 300 who stand for excellence, determination and aggressive spirit, heralded the era of carrier borne aviation into the Indian Navy. The White Tigers were commissioned on 7 July 1960 at RNAS Brawdy, United Kingdom. The, then, Indian High Commissioner to UK, Mrs Vijay Laxmi Pandit, graced the occasion. The Commissioning Warrant was read out by Lt Cdr B D Law, the first Squadron Commander. The squadron was initially equipped with the Hawker Sea Hawk aircraft.
After providing yeoman service for over two decades, the squadron was subsequently reincarnated with Sea Harriers in 1983. This premier carrier borne fighter squadron achieved iconic status in the Indian Navy with its distinguished service, receiving numerous gallantry awards which include one Maha Vir Chakra, four Vir Chakras and one Nau Sena Medal.
To continue the proud 'White Tiger' legacy, the squadron has been re-equipped with the new and more lethal MiG 29Ks. The Sea Harriers were retired on 11th May, 2016. The illustrious and unique Sea Harriers of Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS 300) were given a befitting farewell in a function organised at INS Hansa, Goa on 11th May 2016. A Special Cover was released to mark De-Induction of Sea Harrier and Induction of MIG-29K Fighter Aircraft in INAS 300 by Admiral RK Dhowan on 11th May 2016 at Goa (Special Cover approval no. MH/18/2016).
Cover Courtesy: Sreejesh Krishnan, Thiruvananthapuram
Special Cover on 15 years of Partnership of India Post and Western Union – 11th May 2016.
The Western Union is a global leader in money transfer services. Western Union and India Post together enables consumers in remote parts of India to receive remittances seamlessly via Western Union services. The collaboration has resulted in fast, convenient and reliable financial access to people across India.
To commemorate 15 years of partnership between India Post and Western Union, the money transfers service provider a Special Cover was released at Lucknow on 11th May 2016 (Special Cover approval no. UP/11/2016).
Cover Courtesy: Sreejesh Krishnan, Thiruvananthapuram
Special Cover on Narvir Shivaji Kashid – 5th May 2016.
After defeating Afzal Khan and the rout of the Bijapur Army at Pratapgarh, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj continued to capture vast territories of the Bijapur kingdom. Panhala Fort was captured under this initiative by his forces in 1659.
Shiva Kashid (b. 1630 – d. 1660) of Nabhik community is remembered as a braveheart who volunteered to disguise as Shivaji Maharaj to help his escape. It is said that Shivaji Maharaj was stuck at Panhala as Siddi Jauhar's army had laid the siege. Shiva Kashid, who resembled Shivaji Maharaj, volunteered to act as the leader and help him break the siege and move towards Vishalgad fort. Shiva Kashid was killed by Jauhar when he came to know about the trick. Shivaji Kashid’s “Samadhi” is in Nevapur village at the foothills of Panhala.
A Special Cover was released to commemorate Narvir Shivaji Kashid on 5th May 2016 at Panhala (Special Cover approval no. MH/15/2016). The special cover depicts the famous statue of Shivaji Kashid at Panhala Fort, Kolhapur.
Cover Courtesy: Sreejesh Krishnan, Thiruvananthapuram
Special Cover on 75 years of Mumbai Philatelic Bureau - 21st June 2016.
The first philatelic bureau in India was opened on 21st June 1941 at Bombay GPO to cater needs of philatelists. Bombay Philatelic Bureau was the only bureau in India, functioning alone for more than 7 years. On 15th August 1948, nine philatelic bureaux were opened in different state capitals of India, viz. Calcutta, Cuttack, Delhi, Lucknow, Madras, Nagpur, Patna, Shillong and Simla vide Postal Notice no. 31, dated 6.8.1948. In Bangalore Philatelic Bureau was established on 6th May 1961 at Bangalore GPO.
On the occasion of 75 years of Mumbai Philatelic Bureau, a Special Cover was released at Bengaluru on 21st June 2016. Special Cover was released by Ms. Veena R Srinivas, Postmaster General (BD), Karnataka Circle, Bangalore at a function held at Bengaluru GPO (Special Cover approval no. KTK/08/2016).
Courtesy: Suresh Rao, Bengaluru
Platinum Jubilee of India’s first Philatelic Bureau at Mumbai – 21st June 2016.
Philatelic Bureau’s primary function is supplying to the general public a variety of philatelic collectibles. To make collecting stamps a hassle-free experience, the Philately Bureau maintains Philatelic Deposit Account (PDA) for those interested in collecting stamps. Every account holder gets the philatelic material as per the standing order. The order can be commemorative stamps, first day cover, information brochure and collectors’ pack.
The first philatelic bureau in India was opened on 21st June 1941 at Bombay GPO to cater needs of philatelists. Bombay Philatelic Bureau was the only bureau in India, functioning alone for more than 7 years. On 15th August 1948, nine philatelic bureaux were opened in different state capitals of India, viz. Calcutta, Cuttack, Delhi, Lucknow, Madras, Nagpur, Patna, Shillong and Simla vide Postal Notice no. 31, dated 6.8.1948.
Mumbai Philatelic Bureau completed 75 years of specialised philatelic services to philatelists on 21st June 2016. Today Philatelic Bureau at Mumbai GPO is the India’s largest Philatelic Bureau and also functioning as International Philatelic Bureau in the country. There are around 100 foreign deposit account holders from various nations at this bureau. It also has 4,948 domestic account holders.
In order to celebrate the occasion, a philatelic seminar was organized by Maharashtra Postal Circle at Conference Hall of Chief Postmaster General’s Office, Mumbai on 21st June 2016. This was the first philatelic seminar held by Mumbai Philatelic Bureau. On the occasion philatelic talk were given by Mr. Rajan Jayakar and Mr. Vispi Dastur of Mumbai. Power Point presentations based on papers/articles of Shri Ashok Kumar Bayanwala, Ahmedabad, Shri Punit Dixit, Nadiad and Shri Prashant Pandya, Vadodara were also presented. Shri Ganesh Sawaleshwarkar, Postmaster General, Pune Region presented paper/ Power Point presentation of Shri Prashant Pandya on ‘Devotional Post’. The event was graced by local philatelists and officers of Department of Posts.
Special Cover on 75 years of Mumbai Philatelic Bureau – 21st June 2016.
Evening session of Platinum Jubilee celebration of Mumbai Philatelic Bureau was organized at Mumbai GPO to commemorate the event by releasing special cover. A Special Cover was jointly released by Shri V. V. Satyanarayana Reddy, Director Mumbai GPO, Shri Ganesh Sawaleshwarkar, Postmaster General Pune Region, Shri Dhirubhai Mehta, Senior Philatelist, Shri P. N. Ranjit Kumar, Postmaster General, Mumbai Region and Shri E. V. Rao, Director Postal Services, Mumbai Region (Special Cover approval no. MH/23/2016). On the occasion Shri Dhirubhai Mehta was specially honoured.
Commemorative Stamps on Surya Namaskar – 20th June 2016.
Surya Namaskar or 'Sun Salutation' is a very ancient technique of paying respect or expressing gratitude to the sun that is the source of all forms of life on the planet. Symbolically, the sun becomes our source of energy as well. About the history of this technique, it has been said by the ancient rishis of India that the different parts of the body are governed by different devas (divine impulses or divine light). The solar plexus (located behind the navel, which is the central point of the human body), also known as the second brain, is said to be connected to the sun. This is the main reason why the ancient rishis recommended the practice of Surya Namaskar, because the regular practice of this technique enhances the solar plexus, which increases one's creativity and intuitive abilities. It is not by accident but by intent that it has been structured with twelve postures or twelve asanas in it. If your system is in a certain level of vibrancy and readiness, and in a good state of receptivity, then naturally your cycle will be in sync with the solar cycle.
On the occasion of International Day of Yoga 2016 to be celebrated on 21st June a set of twelve commemorative stamps and Miniature Sheet were released by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi on 20th June, 2016 at New Delhi in presence of the Union Minister for Communications & Information Technology, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) and Health & Family Welfare, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, the Cabinet Secretary, Shri Pradeep Kumar Sinha, the Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Dr. P.K. Mishra, the Secretary of AYUSH, Shri Ajit M. Sharan and Shri S K Sinha, Secretary (Posts) & Chairman, PS Board (Addl. Charge) and Member (Planning).
Special Cover on World Environment Day 2016 (HARITHAKERALAM – 2016) – 5th June 2016.
The booming illegal trade in wildlife products is eroding Earth’s precious biodiversity, robbing us of our natural heritage and driving whole species to the brink of extinction. The killing and smuggling is also undermining economies and ecosystems, fueling organized crime, and feeding corruption and insecurity across the globe. Wildlife crime endangers iconic elephants, rhinos, tigers, gorillas and sea turtles. Lesser-known victims include helmeted hornbills and pangolins, as well as wild orchids and timbers like Rosewood – flowers and timber are also considered wildlife! Celebrated globally on 5th June every year, World Environment Day highlights various conservation and environmental issues. It also undermines our economies, communities and security. This year’s theme “Go Wild for Life—Zero Tolerance for Illegal Wildlife Trade” focused on the need to curb poaching and illegal wildlife trade to ensure the survival of wildlife.
Social Forestry Wing of Kerala Forests & Wildlife Department focuses on creating awareness among the public and invites Citizen’s participation to put an end to illegal wildlife trade. On the occasion of World Environment Day 2016 the department requested citizens of the state to provide information and requested to reframe from using illegal Wildlife products. Public can provide information about illegal wildlife trade on Forest Department’s toll free number, 1800 425 4733.
On the occasion of World Environment Day 2016 a Special Cover was released by Kerala Postal Circle jointly with Social Forestry Wing, Kerala Forests & Wildlife Department on 5th June 2016 at Punalur.
Image Courtesy: Sreejesh Krishnan, Thiruvananthapuram
Special Cover on 65th Plenary of North Eastern Council – 3rd June 2016.
The North Eastern Council is the nodal agency for the economic and social development of the North Eastern Region which consists of the eight States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura. The North Eastern Council was constituted in 1971 by an Act of Parliament. The constitution of the Council has marked the beginning of a new chapter of concerted and planned endeavour for the rapid development of the Region. Over the last forty-five years, NEC has been instrumental in setting in motion a new economic endeavour aimed at removing the basic handicaps that stood in the way of normal development of the region and has ushered in an era of new hope in this backward area full of great potentialities.
The two-day 65th Plenary of North Eastern Council was held at Shillong on 26th and 27th May 2016. Prime Minister Narendra Modi graced the concluding day of the plenary as the Chief Guest. A Special Cover and My Stamp were released to mark the 65th Plenary of North Eastern Council on 3rd June 2016 at Shillong by Shri V. Shanmughanathan, Hon'ble Governor of Manipur & Meghalaya States in the august presence of Shri K.S. Kropha, IAS, Chief Secretary to the Government of Meghalaya, Shri Ram Muivah, IAS, Secretary of North Eastern Council, Shillong and Shri Som Kamei, the Director Postal Services (HQ), N.E. Postal Circle, Shillong. (Special Cover approval no. NE/09/2016-2017).
Image Courtesy: Joy Justin Bongcher, Shillong
Special Cover on Second Mahamastakabhisheka of Bade Baba Rishabhanatha – 6th June 2016.
Kundalpur is a town located in Madhya Pradesh, 35 km from the city of Damoh. It is a historical pilgrimage site for Jains in India. Kundalpur has a large image of Rishabhanatha (also known as Bade Baba). The image is in sitting (Padmasana) posture and is 15 feet in height. This is also the place of salvation of Antim Kevali Shridhar Kevali.
Second Mahamastakabhisheka ceremony of Bade Baba was held at Kundalpur from 4th to 9th June 2016. On the occasion of Second Mahamastakabhisheka of Bade Baba Rishabhanatha a Special Cover was released by industrialist Shri Ashok Patni of R. K. Marbles in the auspicious presence of Pujya Aacharya Vidyasagar Ji Maharaj on 6th June 2016 at Kundalpur. A Special Cover was also released on the occasion of first Mahamastakabhisheka at Kundalpur on 22nd February 2001.
Image Courtesy: Sudhir Jain, Satna
Special Covers on Tamil Writers – 10th June 2016.
On the occasion of the on-going 39th Chennai Book Fair at Chennai, South India Philatelists' Association in collaboration with Department of Posts, Tamilnadu Postal Circle released Six Special Covers on six eminent Tamil writer who have made significant contribution to Tamil literature. Special Covers on Va. Ramaswamy, A. K. Chettiar, Pudhumaipithan, T. Janakiraman, D. Jayakanthann and P. V. Akilandam (Akilan) were released by Postmaster General, Chennai City Region, Shri Mervin Alexandeer and Postmaster General, Mails & BD, Shri J. T. Venkateswarlu at the function held on 10th June 2016 at Chennai. All six special covers bear common special cancellation.
VA. Ramasamy: V. Ramaswami Iyengar or Va. Ramasamy also known as Va. Ra. A freedom fighter and journalist was born in Tiruppazhanam village near Tiruvayyar. He went to school in Tanjore. In Tiruchirappalli, when reading for his F.A. (Intermediate), he was drawn to the nationalist movement. About 1908, he became a close associate of poet Subrahmanya Bharati and V.V.S. Aiyar. In 1916, Va. Ra. became Editor of Swatantram, a weekly from Tanjore. Va. Ra. Has written Sundari, a novel about a young Hindu widow's ordeals. This book won for him acknowledged status as a writer of vigorous Tamil, an inspiring idealist, and zealous social reformer. Va. Ra.'s most characteristic service came as Editor of Manikkodi when he introduced new forms of Tamil style, and strongly inspired a crop of young writers. His Nadai Chitram, a collection of pen-portraits of common social types, was hailed as a distinct contribution to new literature. In 1939, he edited Bharata Devi, as a weekly. In 1942, Va. Ra. edited Nava Yugam. Imprisoned in Bellary Jail during the Satyagraha movement, he suffered insomnia and used the time to write Kothai Theevu. He died on 23rd August 1951 at his residence in Nungambakkam, Madras. (Special Cover approval no. TN/20/2016).
A. K. Chettiar: A. K. Chettiar (b. 3 November 1911 – d. 10 September 1983) was a Tamil travelogue writer, journalist and documentary film maker from Tamil Nadu. He is most notable for pioneering travelogue writing in Tamil. He was in his prime the most celebrated writer of a translucent Tamil prose style and he was the pioneer in Tamil travel writing. He published his famous monthly, Kumari Malar which itself had some unique achievements. He unearthed the long forgotten writings of the famed Tamil poet, Subramany a Bahrati, before others came in the trail. His another notable achievement was his documentary on Mahatma Gandhi. His documentary film on Gandhi is unique in many ways. It is credited to be the first documentary on Mahatma Gandhi. He started working on this project in 1937. He collected archival footage of Gandhi from several sources in several countries including India, UK and South Africa. (Special Cover approval no. TN/21/2016).
Pudhumaipithan (C. Viruthachalam): Pudhumaipithan or Puthumaippiththan, is the pseudonym of C. Viruthachalam (b. 25 April 1906 – d. 5 May 1948), one of the most influential and revolutionary writers of Tamil fiction. He completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Tirunelveli Hindu college in 1931. His career as a writer began in 1933 with an essay "Gulabjaan Kaadhal" (Love for Gulab jamun) published in the magazine Gandhi.His first short story "Aatrangarai Pillaiyaar" (Pillaiyaar on the river bank) was published in 1934 in "Manikodi" and from then on his short stories appeared regularly in it. His works were characterized by social satire, progressive thinking and outspoken criticism of accepted conventions. He as an individual and his works have been extensively reviewed and debated for over sixty years since his death. His influence has been accepted and appreciated by the present day writers and critics of Tamil fiction. In 2002, the Government of Tamil Nadu nationalised the works of Pudumaippithan. (Special Cover approval no. TN/22/2016).
T. Janakiraman: T. Janakiraman, also known as Thi Janakiraman or Thi Jaa, (b. 28 February 1921 – d. 18 November 1983) was a Tamil writer from Tamil Nadu. Thi. Janakiraman is a prominent figure of the 20th century Tamil fictional writing. His composition style was very spontaneous, lucid, basic and narrative. His literary works have greatly helped in the development of Tamil fiction. He is noted well for his works ‘Amma Vanthal’ and ‘Moga Mul’. Apart from novels, he has written short stories, novellas, plays and travelogues. All of the novels written by T. Janakiraman have feminine feelings incorporated in the themes. He was awarded ‘Sahitya Akademi Award’ for his short story collection Sakthi Vaidhiyam in 1979 (Special Cover approval no. TN/23/2016).
D. Jayakanthan: Jayakanthan (b. 24 April 1934 – d. 8 April 2015), popularly known as JK, was a writer, journalist, orator, film-maker, critic and activist. Born in Cuddalore, Jayakanthan ran away from home to Madras and became a member of the Communist party at a very young age. His first short story appeared in a little known magazine Sowbakiyavathi. In an exceptionally successful literary career spanning half a century, Jayakanthan has authored 15 novels, 30 novelettes, 15 anthologies comprising over 200 short stories and about 20 collections of essays. Outside literature, he made two films. His writings essentially centered on the travails of the downtrodden sections and the challenges that the expanding urban middle class confronted in the early years of Independence when the country was just pushed into development mode. Many of his short stories have been translated into other Indian and foreign languages. Jayakanthan's literary honours include Jnanpith (2002) and Sahitya Akademi awards. He was also a recipient of Padma Bhushan (2009), the Soviet Land Nehru Award (1978), and the Russian Government’s Order of Friendship (2011). (Special Cover approval no. TN/24/2016).
P. V. Akilandam (Akilan): P. V. Akilan (b. June 27, 1922 – Jan. 31, 1988) was a Tamil writer known for his realistic and creative writing style. His real name was Akilandam. He used the pen name Akilan for his literary work. He was born in Perungalore, Tamil Nadu. Attracted to Gandhi’s principles, he left college studies and joint freedom movement. After Indian independence, he joined the Railway Mail Service and later AIR. He became a full-fledged writer after that. He was a short story writer, novelist, playwright, freedom fighter, critic, scriptwriter and many more. He has written historical novels as well as social novels. His ever green literary works include 18 novels and 15 short story collections. For his Tamil work Chitttrappavai, he received Jnanpith award in the year 1975. Vengayin maindan that captured the history of chola dynasty was read by millions and regarded as a great work of Akilan. This work was dramatized by Shivaji Ganesan on stage and proved successful too. This work received Sahithya academy award of Government of India. (Special Cover approval no. TN/25/2016).
Images Courtesy: Mahesh Parekh, Chennai
Commemorative Stamp on 100 Years of Tata Power - 10th June 2016.
Tata Power is India’s largest integrated power company with a growing international presence. The Company together with its subsidiaries and jointly controlled entities has an installed gross generation capacity of 9184 MW and a presence in all the segments of the power sector viz. Fuel Security and Logistics, Generation (thermal, hydro, solar and wind), Transmission, Distribution and Trading. It has successful public-private partnerships in Generation, Transmission and Distribution in India namely “Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited" with Delhi Vidyut Board for distribution in North Delhi, 'Powerlinks Transmission Ltd.' with Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. for evacuation of Power from Tala hydro plant in Bhutan to Delhi and 'Maithon Power Ltd.' with Damodar Valley Corporation for a 1050 MW Mega Power Project at Jharkhand. Tata Power is serving more than 2.6 million distribution consumers in India and has developed the country’s first 4000 MW Ultra Mega Power Project at Mundra (Gujarat) based on super-critical technology. It is also one of the largest renewable energy players in India. Its international presence includes strategic investments in Indonesia, Singapore, South Africa, Zambia, Australia, Bhutan etc.
On the occasion of centenary celebrations of Tata Power, a commemorative stamp was released on 10th June 2016 by the Chief Postmaster General Shri L. N. Sharma in the presence of Mr. Anil Sardana, CEO & MD, Tata Power to commemorate Company’s 100 years contribution to India’s growth story. The function was also graced by some senior leaders of the Tata Group and Officials from Department of Posts. The stamp symbolises the Company's commitment and dedication to realise the vision of its founder, Shri Jamshetji Tata, that 'clean, cheap and abundant power is on the basic ingredients for the economic progress of a city, state or country'.
Special Cover on BAPASI Chennai Book Fair – 1st June 2016.
BAPASI (Booksellers and Publishers Association of South India) is organizing the Chennai Book Fair every year since 1976. So far 38 editions of the Chennai Book Fair have been successfully organised by BAPASI. 39th edition of the book fair is organised at Island Grounds, Park Town, Chennai from 1st to 13th June 2016. There are more than 800 book stalls in this huge ground and more than 5 Lakh books have been displayed at the book fair.
South India Philatelists' Association (SIPA) has also put up a stall at the Chennai Book Fair (Stall no. 396) for the promotion of philately and to create awareness about philately among students and general public. A Handbook on ‘Stamp Collecting for Beginners’ was released by SIPA on 1st June at the Chennai Book Fair. A Special Cover was also released on BAPASI, Chennai Book Fair on 1st June 2016 by Mr. Mervin Alexander, Postmaster General, Chennai City Region (Special Cover approval no. TN/18/20160).
Courtesy: Mahesh Parekh, Chennai
Customised My Stamp on Amazon India – 3rd June 2016.
Amazon.com, Inc., often referred to as simply Amazon, is an American electronic commerce and cloud computing company with headquarters in Seattle, Washington. It is the largest Internet-based retailer in the United States. Amazon.com started as an online bookstore, later diversifying to sell DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs, video downloads/streaming, MP3 downloads/streaming, audiobook downloads/streaming, software, video games, electronics, apparel, furniture, food, toys and jewelry. The company also produces consumer electronics—notably, Amazon Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets, and Fire TV and is the world's largest provider of cloud infrastructure services (IaaS).
Amazon India launched its services in India in June 2013. India Post is one of Amazon India’s prime carriers. Amazon India celebrated its third anniversary on 3rd June 2016. On the occasion a Customised My Stamp was released to signify 3 years of its relationship and celebrate the e-commerce marketplace’s third anniversary in the country. India Post is one of the prime carriers that Amazon India uses as a delivery channel in over 19,000 pin-codes through 155,000 post-offices which includes a majority of outlets in rural areas across all 35 states and union territories in India. Customised ‘My Stamp’ was released by Smt. Usha Chandrashekar, Chief Postmaster General, Karnataka Circle along with Amit Agarwal, VP & Country Head, Amazon India at Bangalore on 3rd June 2016. This is the first time that the Department of Post has released ‘My Stamp’ to commemorate a milestone with an ecommerce marketplace.
This is seventh issue of Customised Stamp and it depicts a delivery boy with a carton labelled Amazon with ‘My Stamp’ words incorporated in the stamp design. The blank space beside the stamp is printed with ‘amazon.in’ and ‘3 years of delivering smiles’.
Special Cover on Diamond Jubilee of Evangelical Church of India (ECI) – 1st June 2016.
The Evangelical Church of India was founded by the Oriental Missionary Society, newly called OMS International, whose founders Mr. Charles E. Cowman and Mr. E. Kilbourne commenced OMS ministry in the year 1901 in Japan. In 1941 OMS began its work in India. It presently operates three Bible Seminaries, namely Allahabad Bible Seminary, Madras Theological Seminary & College and Calcutta Bible Seminary. The Evangelical Church of India also runs Bombay Bible School in Bombay, Freeman Bible School in Vijayawada, North India Bible Training Institute in Lalitpur, Orissa Bible School in Nowrangpur, Sadhu Sundar Singh Bible School in Solan, Karnataka Bible School in Gangavathy, Missionary Training Centre in Kozhivilai and Gujarat Bible School in Vyara. The first national church was planted somewhere in 1952. Till 1967-68 the OMS Field Executive Committee was in charge of the administration of the Church through their appointed national and missionary leaders. After 1969-70 amendments, ECI became fully autonomous and elected its own leaders and OMS withdrew their administrative control. Prior to 1976, the Society was called the Evangelical Christian Church and also came to be known as the Evangelical Christian Church of India and was officially changed to assume the present name Evangelical Church of India.
As part of the diamond jubilee celebrations of the Evangelical Church of India (ECI), Kilpauk, Chennai, a Special Cover and ‘My Stamp’ were released by Charles Lobo, Chief Postmaster General, Tamil Nadu Circle on 1st June 2016 at YMCA in Nandanam, Chennai. (Special Cover approval no. TN/17/2016). Rev Dr. M. Ezra Sargunam, Bishop-president received the special Cover and My stamp.
Courtesy: Mahesh Parekh, Chennai | P. Anil Kumar, Thuckalay